Centre Leader

Prof. George Owuor (PhD)

Contact: Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Mgt.

Egerton University,

P.O Box 536 Egerton,

Personal E-mail: gowuor2012@gmail.com

EDUCATION

2005-2008 PhD in Agribusiness Management Sandwich PhD Between Egerton University and Kiel University in Germany-Graduating at Egerton University in 2008
2000 –2002 Master of Science in Agricultural Economics Egerton University, Egerton. Kenya
1990-1995 Bachelor of Agribusiness Management Egerton University, Egerton. Kenya

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Agribusiness specialist, with emphasis on impact assessment and microfinance

WORK EXPERIENCE

January 2014- to date Associate Professor at the department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Management of Egerton University
April. 2011 to March 2015: Programme Manager, Collaborative Masters in Agricultural and Applied Economics for Eastern, Central and South Africa at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi Kenya
2005-2010 Senior Lecturer at the department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Management of Egerton University, with duties in teaching Econometrics, Agricultural Finance and Applied Micro-Economics (Managerial Economics).
September to November 2010: Guest lecturer at International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), University of Kassel, Germany. Teaching and research work on Institutional Challenges along agricultural value chains:www.icdd.uni-kassel.de
2000-2003 Lecturer of Agricultural Finance, Econometrics, Institutional and Behavioral Economics and Agricultural Value Chain Mgt

Past Research Experience and International Exposure

2012-2014: Collaborated in a project with International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), University of Kassel, Germany on the Impact of Tourism on Rural Agro-Pastoral Communities’ Livelihoods in Laikipia, County Kenya.

September and November 2010: Guest lecturer at International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), University of Kassel, Germany. Teaching and research work on Institutional Challenges along agricultural value chains: www.icdd.uni-kassel.de

January 2011 to Date: Research Consultancy with Syngenta Foundation and Syngenta Company on Impact Assessment of Market led Extension, index based insurance and Improved Input use among Smallholder Farmers in Laikipia, Kenya.

September-2009: Research Consultancy with International Centre for Tropical Agriculture : Involved in Training of Trainers in mobilization of rural smallholder farmers in Self-Help Groups and linking them with Credit, Input and Product Markets through capacity building

October- 2009 : Research Consultancy with International Centre for Tropical Agriculture: Designing Project research proposal and data collection instruments on Impact Assessment of Disseminated Agricultural Technologies Including Resilience and Coping Strategies on Climate Change in South- Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo

March–June 2009: Research Consultancy with Financial Sector Deepening (FSD-Kenya) in Collaboration with Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). Involved in Financial Access data cleaning and analysis.

August 2008-Dec 2008: Involved in a multidisciplinary project work on botanical control of pests in crops under the VICRES project covering Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Involved in the socio-economic part of the work from data survey collection, analysis and reporting.

2008-June to Dec 2008: Multidisciplinary collaborative research work on commercialization of indigenous chickens in Rongo and Homabay Districts and funded by Egerton University. Involved in proposal development, socio-economic survey data collection, analysis and reporting. Also involved in preparation of farmers and extension training manuals on improvement of commercialization of indigenous chicken. Eventually held training workshop.

2006: January–June: Research Consultancy with British American Tobacco Ltd. Research project on the Impact of Tobacco growing on Smallholder Farmer’s welfare in Kenya. Involved in proposal preparation, survey data collection, data analysis and report writing.

June 2002-Dec 2005: Research Collaboration with CIMMYT-Nairobi and IFPRI-Washington DC. Involved in baseline survey with Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) project, Predict Adoption of BtMaize in Kenya and on Maize Biological diversity in different Agri-ecological zones in Kenya. Particular activities were survey planning, supervision, data template preparation, data analysis (using SPSS, STATA and LIMDEP) and report writing.

Feb. 2002 to April 2002: Research: Research Position with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)-Nairobi, as a research assistant, immediately upon completion of Msc. Attached to Smallholder Dairy Project, with duties of data cleaning, analysis and report writing, specifically relating to changes in the supply and demand in the dairy sub sector in Kenya during pre and post liberalization of the sector.

Membership in Professional Organizations

1. Member of the African Academy of Science (AAS)

2. Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

3. Member of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE)

3. Member of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA)

4. Member of Association of Third World Studies, INC. (ATWS) Kenya Chapter.

5. Associate Member of Kenya Institute of Management (AMKIM)

MOST RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1. Knerr, B, Owuor, G, and Ochieng J(2013).Impact of Collective Action on Improvement of Market Performance of Smallholder Farmers in Central Africa. The Journal of Development Studies reference (FJDS-2013-July-0073).

2. Ochieng, J,Owuor, G. and Bebe, B.O (2013).Management Practices and Challenges In Smallholder Indigenous Chicken Production In Western Kenya. Journal of Agriculture and rural development in the tropics and subtropics,114 (1): 51–58.

3. Njiru N, Muluvi A, Owuor, G, Langat,J., (2013). Impact of Khat Production On Rural Household’s Income In Gachoka Division Mbeere South District Kenya. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development www.iiste.orgISSN 2222-1700 (Paper) ISSN 2222-2855 Vol.4, No.2,

4. Owido P, Onyuma S and Owuor G., (2013). A Garch Approach to Measuring Efficiency : A Case Study of Nairobi Securities Exchange. Research Journal of Finance and Accounting. Vol. 4. No 4

5. Kalio A.M.,Mutenyo J and Owuor G., (2012). Analysis of Economic Growth in Kenya: Growth Accounting and Total Factor Productivity. Journal of Business Management and Applied EconomicsVolume I, Issue no 6

6.Ochieng, J.,Owuor, G., B.O. Bebe(2012), Determinants of Adoption of Management Interventions in Indigenous Chicken Production in Kenya. African Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics (AfJARE) Vol. 7 (1):39-50.

7.Kinambuga, DMutai B, Owuor G, Aquilars M. Kalio and Emmanuel K. Kinuthia (2012). Performance of Smallholder Dairy Farming in Nakuru County, Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Sciences and Technology A. Vol 2, No. 4, 2012.

8. Ochieng, J., G. Owuor, B.O. Bebe (2012), Determinants of Adoption of Management Interventions in Indigenous Chicken Production in Kenya. African Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics (AfJARE), Vol. 7 (1):39-50

9. Owour G.,Ouma A.S, Ngigi M. and Mlongo.P (2009) “Technical Efficiency of Smallholder Farmers in Kenya” Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development Vol 3: 14-29 .

10. Owuor G., Ngigi M.W, Shem Ouma A. (2007) “The Role of Micro-Credit in Rural Development: An Analysis of Group Based Micro-Finance in Kenya.” Egerton Journal Volume 7 Special issue.

RESEARCH INTEREST

Participatory Impact Assessment (IA) research work covering crop and livestock value chains including micro-credit and rural agricultural enterprise development as well as land use management